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Submission from James R. Mitchell received on September 06, 2001 6:09 AM via e-mail
Subject: copyright law
It's so obvious that in this digital age, the traditional rights of the consumer need to be protected. The problems apparent in the US with the DMCA clearly illustrate the flaws in this type of legislation. Look at what has happened due to the DMCA:
1. A News reporting website(2600) links to another website with details
of how some really poor encryption was broken. Instead of fixing the
problem, the NEWS company that reported on the other companies efforts
is being charged criminally under the DMCA.
2. A university professor who realizes how pathetic SDMI fingerprinting for music is plans to release a paper discussing his findings. He is coerced into silence by the RIAA with threats of criminal charges under the DMCA. When he later sues them, they deny any intention to press charges, or any threats made.
3. A Russian programmer, doing his job in Russia, writing software that brings Adobe software into compliance with Russian Law, is arrested in the US for violating the DMCA, at Adobe's request. Adobe continues to market software which prohibits any uses that have been allowed under law as "fair use" for centuries.
It is crucial that any modern copyright law continue to protect the rights of the consumers regarding media in a digital form, including:
1. The right to make backup copies of software or other media.
2. The right to take music that is purchased on media such as a CD, or
purchased for download, and copy that music to any other media, such as
MP3 recordings for use on an MP3 player.
3. The right to make custom compilations of purchased music for personal use.
4. The right to sell or loan a purchased material, such as music or an ebook.
5. The right to make copies of copyrighted material for educational or critical purposes, such as excerpts.
6. The right to use that material, such as an e-book, on any computer equipment the purchaser desires, not being limited to the equipment it is initially downloaded onto.
7. The right to get a refund on the purchase of any material which has been debilitated as in the following section.
Moreover, laws need to be enacted banning the practice of any technique designed to circumvent these basic consumer rights, such as:
1. The intentional "making defective" of music by adding noises that are
only heard when a digital copy is made.
2. The locking of ebook software to prevent transfer, backup or copying of the material.
Any company found to be selling such crippled or defective products needs to be penalized, in addition to providing refunds to all purchasers of such defective product. We cannot condone the intentional sale of defective products.
It's very easy in this day and age to think only of the rights of the publisher, without thinking of the rights of the consumer. Obviously, the consumer must come first, for it they aren't comfortable purchasing, such as with current crippled ebooks, the publisher will have no customer base. Have the courage to protect the people instead of the corporations that sponsor the current government.--
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